CCC calls for greater disaster preparedness in schools

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MANILA – The Commission on Climate Change (CCC) recommends measures to ensure that schools across the country are better prepared against natural hazards.

CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera said schools and their respective local government units (LGUs) should conduct risk mapping and assessment activities to identify safe locations for these educational institutions.

“We are geographically located on the planet where we are vulnerable and exposed to natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, earthquakes, drought and volcanic eruptions,” she said Thursday during the online program Stories for a Better Normal.

She said school buildings must be “disaster proof” and take into account the dangers in the respective areas.

She noted that the Philippines’ vulnerability to climate change continues to increase the urgency of natural hazard preparedness in schools.

“We know that more and more of these will come our way due to the growing climate crisis,” she said.

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as super typhoons is part of the forecast of climate-related experts for the country.

Ronilda Co, director of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRMS) services at the Department of Education (DepEd), said the education sector was suffering from the onslaught of natural hazards.

Reporting on the vulnerability of the sector, she said about 93 percent of the country’s roughly 47,000 schools face natural hazards at least once a year.

The tropical cyclone (TC) was the danger these schools primarily experienced, she said.

“We get a visit from the TCs every year,” she said.

She noted that TC Maring (international name ‘Kompasu’) was just a severe tropical storm, not a typhoon, but wreaked havoc in several areas last week.

Besides natural hazards, she said about 49 percent of schools face human-made hazards.

To help institutionalize a culture of safety in the education sector and ensure the continued delivery of education services during emergencies and disasters, she said that DepEd established in 2011 its reduction and management office. disaster risk.

She said DepEd has also integrated disaster risk reduction and management into its basic education framework.

DepEd is the agency that oversees all public and private primary and secondary education institutions as well as alternative learning systems in the country. (ANP)

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